Koliwe Majama

Digital rights feature prominently at African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 68th session

Digital rights featured prominently at the 68th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), held virtually from 14 April to 4 May 2021. The session also provided a platform to take stock of the general state of the human rights situation on the continent and brought together, for frank and constructive exchange, various …

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Media Capture in Zimbabwe: Fact or Fiction (Documentary)

Digital Rights and Policy Specialist, Koliwe Majama is featured in a recently released documentary entitled Media Capture in Zimbabwe: Fact or Fiction?  which probes the independence of the mainstream media in Zimbabwe dating back to before Independence in 1980. In the documentary produced by the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe and Content Creators Network ZW, Majama explains how …

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An ideal framework for the accountable use of personal data by law enforcement and state security agencies

In an increasingly digitised world our personal data is collected and used by different public and private sector parties to enhance customer experiences and service provision. However there are piling concerns over the manner in which law enforcement and state security agencies collect and manipulate some of the data in the name of tackling crime.

Read the article for more on the calls for more accountable use of personal data by state security and law enforcement agencies.

How MIL enables citizens to claim their digital rights

This article was commissioned and first published by DW Akademie, as part of the Media and Information Literacy week commemorations. Media and Information Literacy is essential for citizens to claim their human rights, especially in the digital sphere. Zimbabwean digital rights activist Koliwe Majama explores the barriers against MIL in Africa. Although comparatively lower than in …

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GMF digital session: Media and Information Literacy in the age of coronavirus

At this year’s Global Media Forum (GMF) 2020 sponsored by DW’s Akademie, Koliwe and three other panelists spoke on the increasing importance of media and information literacy as a critical tool in this digital age amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other issues Koliwe highlighted the need for “community networks” in a continent where many African …

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Media and Information Literacy panel discussion

Koliwe Majama was a panelist at a discussion on Media and Information Literacy at the 7th online session of the Global Media Forum. The panel had a comprehensive discussion on the importance of media and information literacy to curb misinformation and fake news, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In her contribution, Koliwe Majama called attention to the need to equip citizens with media and information literacy so that they will be in a position to identify and evaluate the credibility of media content and distinguish it from misinformation and dis-information; identify potential abusers, technology spies and hackers; and understand privacy implications when using and sharing data with any third parties.

Solidifying internet rights to increase information access in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is set to commemorate the International Day for Universal Access to Information on the 28th of September 2020. This comes at a time when the country, alongside the rest of the world, is faced with a health pandemic that has moved citizens’ daily communication, education, work, trade, and access to basic services from physical interactions to, mostly, online interactions.